Welcome to Black Hills State University - top
- Michele Mitchell, custodial worker, Facilities Services
Hills State University's one hundred forty-fourth commencement will be
Dec. 14 - top
The 144th Commencement will be held at Black Hills State
Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Degrees will be awarded to 213 students including 60 master’s
degrees, three bachelor of arts degrees, 90 bachelor of science degrees,
43 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 17 associate degrees.
Regent Randall Morris will give a greeting from the South Dakota
Board of Regents.
Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, will present diplomas, assisted by
April Meeker, records director, and Dr. Lyle Cook, vice president of
Faculty marshals for the ceremony are Dr. James Hesson, education
Dr. Susan Dana, assistant business and technology professor. Musical
selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers and Dr. Janeen
Larsen accompanied by Ms. Lynette Daum.
Following the commencement ceremony a reception hosted by the
president will be held in the Young Center field house for all graduates
and their families.
An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8 a.m. in
the Yellow Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union. The summa, magna and cum laude graduates will be
Black Hills State involved
in major math development grant as a part of the No Child Left Behind
Act - top
Black Hills State University has
entered into partnership with the Rapid City school district and
Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE) to improve the teaching of
K-12 mathematics. This partnership was recently awarded a $3.2 million
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of President
Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act.”
The grant, known as Project PRIME: Promoting Reflective Inquiry in
Mathematics Education, is one of only 17 awards of its type that the NSF
funded. TIE, under the umbrella of Black Hills Special Services, is
coordinating the grant, and BHSU is serving as the lead institution of
An extensive plan is being designed to enhance mathematics
instruction in the Rapid City school district as well as to improve the
preparation of pre-service teachers graduating from BHSU. Professional
development for Project PRIME will follow a model that has been
successful in improving literacy within the district. Lead teachers will
be identified to provide support within each school building, and these
lead teachers, in turn, will be supported through collaboration with
Ben Sayler, director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education at BHSU, is coordinating the university's involvement
in this mission. Faculty from both the College of Education and the
College of Arts and Sciences will be involved. The professional
development plan calls for faculty from the BHSU College of Education to
provide expertise related to K-12 instruction and for faculty from the
BHSU math department to provide a content focus. BHSU faculty working with this project include John Alsup,
assistant professor in the College of Education; Micheline Hickenbotham,
instructor in the College of Education; Vicki Kapust, associate director
of math outreach at the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science
Education (CAMSE); Stan Smith, associate professor in the College of
Arts and Sciences; and Gary Hagerty, assistant professor in the College
of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Dean Myers, dean of the College of
Education, is serving on the project's leadership team.
The goals of the grant are to raise the mathematics achievement of
all students in the Rapid City school district and to reduce the
achievement gap between American Indian and non-Indian students. The
grant will also attempt to increase the number of students taking
upper-level mathematics courses in middle and high school while reducing
the number of students taking non college-preparatory math. In addition,
BHSU student teachers will benefit from the project through their field
placements with Rapid City teachers.
Sayler plans to involve the Center for Indian Studies at BHSU to
provide guidance about instruction at the K-12 level as well as to
increase the number of American Indian undergraduates pursuing careers
as math teachers.
CAMSE’s results from previous NSF funding were used as evidence of
success to help secure this grant. The university has submitted a
companion grant proposal to focus even more heavily on preparing future
teachers. The outcome of that submission should be known in the spring.
contributes to sports and recreational textbook - top
James Hesson, professor of physical education at Black Hills State
University, was recently invited to contribute to the 13th
edition of the textbook Sports and Recreational Activities.
Hesson contributed his expertise in walking for fitness to produce a
chapter entitled “Jogging and Walking” with Don Torok of Florida
This textbook, published by
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, is edited by Dale Mood of the University
of Colorado at Boulder, Frank Musker formerly of Boston University and
now with Peabody Public Schools in Massachusetts, and Judith Rink of the
University of South Carolina. The book has been published for the
last 50 years and is considered one of the classic textbooks in the
field of physical education. The textbook incorporates the latest
research findings and rule changes for the more than 50 sports and
activities addressed in the book.
Forty-three authors from all
over the United States collaborated to produce this textbook. The
comprehensive nature of this textbook requires condensed, concise
chapters complete with photographs, illustrations, figures, and
instructions to allow readers to use the information to participate in
each activity themselves or to teach others to participate. Each chapter
includes direct information about the activity and ancillary information
such as a glossary, suggested readings, and audiovisual materials.
McGraw-Hill has provided
several technology opportunities to enhance use of this textbook.
PowerWeb is a website providing a reservoir of course-specific articles
and current events. Users can type in a discipline-specific topic to
receive instant access to articles, essays, and news. An online
instructor’s manual and test book has been prepared for use with this
edition. This website includes chapter outlines, test questions, and
suggestions for discussion. McGraw-Hill also maintains a health and
human performance website which provides information for instructors and
students, including professional organization, conference, and career
information, “how to” guides to technology, study tips, athletic
training exam preparation materials, and information on how to become a
McGraw-Hill author. Registered adopters of McGraw-Hill textbooks also
have access to PageOut, a resource to help instructors create websites
for their courses.
Hesson earned his doctor of
education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been a
professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and
health at BHSU since 1990. Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the
U.S. Olympic Training Center with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches. He
frequently serves as an author and textbook for educational publishers.
Vera Litschewski retires
after 22 years at BHSU - top
senior secretary in the enrollment center, retired this month
after working more than 22 years at Black Hills State
University. Vera is looking forward to retirement as a time to
“get my health and house in order.”
“Although I will miss everybody, I have
wonderful ‘work family’ here, I’m
looking forward to retirement and plan to enjoy life,” she
said. She plans to spend time with family members and take part
in activities with friends.
Many things have changed at BHSU during her
span of employment, but for Vera one aspect of her job remained
“It’s always been about the
students,” Vera said. Although her duties changed dramatically
over the years, as well as the title of the office, the
directors and the organizational structure, Vera said her focus
remained on the students and helping them. “I enjoyed the
contact with students. The students are what’s always been
important to me.”
Vera saw the office, now called the
enrollment center, go through several organizational changes.
She first started in the records office but soon moved to what
was then known as the admissions office.
Over the years she has seen some changes in
students as more non-traditional students have enrolled. She
praises students for their dedication and commitment to higher
the students are courteous and willing to work with us. I’ve
seen a lot of people come and go and I enjoyed meeting students
and working with them.”
Vera’s advice to students is to know the
catalog, get familiar with their advisors early on in their
academic career and most importantly to realize that help is
available. She indicated that many students are unaware of the
all the excellent opportunities and resources available for
“I always tried to encourage students to
use the resources here on campus. Don’t be afraid to ask for
help. There are many options,” Vera said. She cites the
excellent resources through the library, the internet, the
student assistance center, as well as contact with the faculty
and staff as examples.
Vera noted that the campus has undergone
major changes in the 22 years that she has been a primary part
of the admissions office. She praised the improvements in
physical appearance and layout of the campus noting that the
addition of the Young Center (in 1990) was the most major
improvement to the campus. Another major campus change is
forthcoming as the music/academic building is currently under
construction and should be ready for the fall semester.
Even as Vera looks forward to her future in
retirement she looks back fondly on her years of employment
helping students and her interactions with her “work
family.” “It was so much fun working with the students. I
will miss everybody but I’m looking forward to retirement to
get my health and house in order,” Vera said.
Open forum conducted by the
Board of Regents to be Dec. 11 - top
The South Dakota Board of Regents invites members of the Black Hills State
University community to an open forum Wednesday,
Dec. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student
Union Jacket Legacy Room. The Regents have set aside this time before their December meeting
on the SDSM&T campus to give interested persons an
opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the Regents.
will host a holiday open house - top
Tom and Judy Flickema will host a Christmas open
house Sunday, Dec. 15 at their home, 815 State Street in Spearfish.
Career service staff members are invited to the open house from 2
to 3:30 p.m., followed by a faculty open house from 3:30 to 5 pm.
Exempt employees and community members are invited to attend from 5 to
show displays South Dakota senior talent - top
artwork created by South Dakota residents over the age of 60 who are
non-professional artists is on display at the Black Hills State
University Ruddell Gallery in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student
Union through Dec. 13.
MasterWorks was created to showcase the art talents and creativity
of older South Dakotans.
MasterWorks Art Show was created to demonstrate what older adults
already know…the second half of life can be full of creative growth
and fulfillment,” wrote LuAnn Severson, the event’s coordinator.
This year the
show had a record 209 entries for professional artists Mary Groth
and Harry Klessen to judge. Over 40 winning entries can be viewed at the
received in the following categories: oil, watercolor, and acrylic
painting; drawing/illustration; photography; sculpture; and wood
carving. The categories were then divided into two age groups. The
experienced group included those between the ages of 60 and 79 while
those 80 and over were placed in the masters group.
The show is
hosted by the South Dakota Health Care Foundation, Home Federal Bank,
and KELO-LAND Television.
All shows in
BHSU’s Ruddell Gallery are free of charge. The gallery, located on the
second floor of the Student Union, is accessible by stairs or elevator.
For more information, contact Jim Knutson at 642-6104 or the Student
Union Information Center at 642-6062.
Student work on display
at Black Hills State University Photographer's Gallery - top
The artwork of Black Hills State University senior John Engelbrecht
is currently on display at the Photographer’s Gallery on campus.
The exhibit titled “Help is on the Way” will run through Dec. 13
in the recently opened gallery located in the lower level of Jonas Hall.
A closing reception will be held Dec. 12 from 3:30-5 p.m.
Engelbrecht, a mass communications major from Rapid City, said
this series of new photographs highlights several alternative techniques
to show a less serious perspective of photography.
“Through alternative techniques such as: multiple exposure,
chemical staining, garbage harvesting, inadequate development, premature
exposure to light, scratching on negatives, writing on enlarging paper,
printing through personal journals, matting backwards, luck, and
photographing myself naked in the woods, I am able to thoroughly enjoy
the process of making pictures as a spontaneous act and not get caught
up in the technical perfection or utter seriousness that is the essence
of pure or traditional photography.”
BHSU Winter Art Show begins
tonight in Lead - top
The BHSU Winter Art Show, displaying various student works, will open
tonight with a reception from 5-8 p.m. at the Lead Art
Center in the historic opera house on Main Street. The show will
continue through Jan. 10.
Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.
The Winter Art Show is sponsored by the BHSU Art Department and the
Historic Deadwood/Lead Arts Council. Contact Dick Dubois at
642-6706 for more
|This untitled graphite by Amber Soderstrom is one
of many student works included in the BHSU Winter Art Show on
display at the Lead Art Center Dec. 7 through Jan. 10.
Hills State University to present Christmas concert - top
Students from Black Hills State University, under the direction of
Stephen Parker (right), rehearse for the annual BHSU Christmas concert
which will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish. The concert
will feature the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Black Hills Singers.
The choirs will be doing arrangements of familiar carols. The Dakota
Chamber Orchestra will accompany the choir on two numbers. The Concert
Choir will close the program with a three-movement piece called “Hodie!”
(This Day!) by Omaha, Neb., composer Z. Randall Stroope. The public is invited to attend the concert at no
charge. For more information call Parker at 642-6628.
Habitat for Humanity
fundraiser held Dec. 8
A spaghetti feed to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held Dec. 8
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The cost is $5
per adult or $2 for children 12 and under for an all you can eat meal.
The United Methodist Church is located at 845 5th Street in
Spearfish. Contact Heather Johnson, BHSU Career Center, at 642-6278 for
Midnight breakfast to be held
for BHSU students - top
The BHSU Student Affairs Office will once again be providing a midnight
breakfast for students during finals week Monday, Dec. 16 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the
Student Union Market Place.
The breakfast is free to all BHSU students. Contact Heather Johnson,
BHSU Career Center, at 642-6278 for more information.
week standings in South Dakota Stock Market Simulation announced - top
The stock markets increased this past
week as investors received positive economic news. Since the start of the South Dakota Stock
Market Simulation (SDSMS) trading period Oct. 7, the S&P 500 has
risen 17 percent, the Dow has risen 18 percent and the technology-laden
NASDAQ composite index has risen 30 percent.
total of 101 teams are currently participating in the fall simulation. Prizes
will be awarded to the top three teams in the College Division, the top
four teams in the High School Division, and the top two teams in the
Junior High/Elementary Division. Below is a list of the divisions. The top teams are given in each of the
three divisions for week eight of trading, as of Friday, Nov. 22.
The SDSMS is an educational program based
on a real-life simulation of the stock market. This educational tool is
offered cooperatively by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education,
the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, and the BHSU Center
for Economic Education.
For additional information contact Don
Altmyer, SDSMS coordinator and associate professor in the College of
Business and Technology, by mail at USB 9025, Spearfish, S.D.
57799-9025; by phone at 642-6273; or by email at email@example.com.
Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.
Thank you from Vera
Litschewski - top
I would like to thank everyone for coming to my retirement
reception. Your presence was much appreciated. I would like to
extend a very special thank you to my work family at the enrollment
center for everything and for being there for me throughout the
Committee minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee meeting was held Nov. 26 at
3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.
Present were Earley, Siewert, Schamber, J. Miller, Pearce, Katie
Lembcke, Tammy Gallagher, Altmyer, and Calhoon. Haislett, Myers,
Johnson, and Cook were absent.
The chair welcomed new student members Lembcke and Gallagher.
The committee reviewed the sociology annual assessment report and
was concerned about the goals. The committee voted to accept pending
modifications. Earley will ask Peterson to rewrite and resubmit.
The social science report was reviewed and the committee was
concerned about goals and statements about chair and lutefisk. The committee voted to accept pending
modifications. Earley will ask R.
Chrisman to rewrite and resubmit.
The history report was reviewed by the committee and accepted.
Chair will inform Wolff.
The political science, human services, Spanish, math and
psychology reports will be reviewed at the next meeting.
The committee discussed ways to encourage assessment, various projects and a budget. Charge is to bring ideas and
costs to the next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.
of the Faculty Senate meeting - top
The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Present were Steve Babbitt (president), Tim Hightower (vice
president), Monty Robinson (secretary), Kristi Pearce, Susan Dana,
Vincent King, Barb Chrisman, David Wolff, Jim Hesson, Randy Royer,
and Gary Haggerty for Curtis Card.
Babbitt called the meeting to order.
The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved.
An approval of the minutes was entertained and
passed with changes.
recording of the “Last Date of Attendance” (LDA) as required by
Federal Student Loans by fall 2003 was discussed. Concerns were
raised as to the feasibility of taking attendance in some classes.
It was mentioned that Jerry Swarts had looked into the process of
developing an ACE card automated attendance system.
BHSU logo (athletic mascot design) was presented by Bud Synhorst. The Brian
Bush ad agency was hired to develop a new look because of the
similarity to another university’s established logo. It was moved
and seconded to approve the use of the new design. Passed.
leave requests will be addressed according to the Sabbatical Leave
Policy. We will review the requests at our next meeting.
David Salomon addressed the senate on the
results he obtained regarding other South Dakota University board models on
plagiarism. After some discussion related to the development of a
campus plagiarism board and the make-up of such a board further
action was tabled until a later meeting.
The Honors Program was addressed again with new
information as to the funding sources and amounts that would be
needed. There could be up to $30,000 available for the program, as
well as release time for a director. A list of new honors classes to
be offered and identifying those existing classes that would be
accepted for honors credit will have to be determined. The senate
will vote on this at the next meeting.
addressed the senate regarding recent meetings on the issue of
senate voted to support the Sabbatical Leave Policy as it has been
Whereas there were no other items on the
agenda, a motion to adjourn was made and passed. The next meeting
will be Wednesday, Nov. 20 at
3:30 pm in Jonas 103.
Submitted by Faculty Senate secretary Monty
announced - top
Below are the program materials received Nov. 7-Dec. 4 in the
Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact
our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Collaborative Minority-Serving Institution Alcohol
Research (NIAAA). The
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is inviting
applications aimed at strengthening the capacity of
minority-serving institutions to conduct alcohol research.
(Nov. 1 NIH Guide). Deadline:
Jan. 24 for letters of intent; Feb. 24 for applications.
Science Foundation. Collaborations
in Mathematical Geosciences (NSF).
The National Science Foundation is inviting applications
to support collaborative research projects at the intersection
of the mathematical and geosciences and encourage
cross-discipline education by way of summer graduate training
topics should fall within one of two broad themes: mathematical
and statistical modeling of large, complex geosystems.
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2003. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03508/nsf03508.htm.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program 2003.
The goal of the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program
is to enhance knowledge and public awareness of native animal
species and their habitats. Project
awards are limited to $5,000 per applicant or organization.
Proposal due date: Jan. 31, 2003.
funds available - top
The Faculty Research Committee has
funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about
three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants Office,
Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website.
It is anticipated that successful
applicants will request support for faculty release time, research
equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the
production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants,
particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and
humanities. The next application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m.
The applicants are encouraged to
contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their
proposals. The members are John Alsup, Tom Cox, Abdollah
Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob